Chicago’s Board of Education votes today on closing an unprecedented number of elementary schools. WBEZ reporters asked Chicagoans to tell us in their own words what would be lost if their school closes. Education reporter Linda Lutton presents some of what we heard.
Audio for this story was gathered by Alison Cuddy, Rebecca LaFlure, Linda Lutton, Chip Mitchell, Natalie Moore, Patrick Smith, and Becky Vevea.
Update: Early Wednesday, WBEZ confirmed that CPS CEO Barbara Bryd-Bennett recommended that Mahalia Jackson school, the South Side school where hearing impaired children go to school with neighborhood children, be removed from the closings list. Ericson School, with its dedicated pompon squad, also is recommended for removal from closings list.